Of course you do! And now you can, sort of, by reading The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series by Lois H. Gresh. Gresh provides character profiles and examines plot elements such as oppressive governments, survival strategies, weapons, and reality television.
How do Katniss’ survival techniques compare to real life?
The truth about hunger and starvation.
How Panem’s broadcast of The Hunger Games compares to current American reality TV shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Think about it.
How the fictional oppressive government in Hunger Games compares to those in others books like 1984 and Fahreheit 451.
Which Greek myth is similar to Hunger Games?
How the United States is similar to Panem in that power is held by a small caste of the rich. Remember when you were reading Hunger Games and you thought, “I’m glad I don’t live in Panem?” Maybe you do, in a way.
And, is President Snow a psychotic or a psychopath? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out.
Gresh’s suppositions are well researched and referenced, including opinions from Suzanne Collins herself, as stated in various interviews, and Gresh frequently summarizes information in lists and tables, making for easy reading and skimming. The book also includes a list of read-a-likes for further reading.
AND BY THE WAY . . .
Come to the library’s HUNGER GAMES MOVIE EVENT!
The movie doesn’t come out until Friday March 23rd, 2012, but you can whet your appetite during spring break on Wednesday, March 21st, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in Marvin Auditorium at TSCPL. We’ll have Hunger Games Trivia, the Cornucopia Challenge Game, Hunger Games inspired crafts, camouflage face painting and more! See you there.